With the Tingvall Trio, there’s no longer any need for introductions. When it comes to the handful of jazz artists from Germany who have successfully made a breakthrough, both nationally and internationally, who have been awarded 3 ECHO JAZZ AWARDS and whose studio releases have all gone GOLD, any latest release is going to be eagerly awaited.
“Dance” is the title of this new album and the trio takes listeners along on a journey around the world, letting the widest variety of dance styles flash and flare as a vivid form of emotional expression. Martin Tingvall describes how it came about: “The idea for ‘Dance’ emerged while we were rehearsing ‘Cuban SMS’, one of the first new songs. All jokes aside: It was really hard for us to stay in one place as we worked. There was so much rhythm and energy in the music. As for me, I can’t dance to save my life, but it just grabbed us and carried us away. The idea for an album full of dances was born.” Despite all the recognizability inherent to the typical Tingvall Trio sound, many of the compositions are clothed in startlingly new attire. Alongside Oriental spices and hues on “Arabic Slow Dance” or reggae beats on “Ya Man”, the tanginess of Latin America can be discovered, too, for instance on “Bolero” or “Spanish Swing”. With this successful trio, it goes without saying that the power and joy found in dance is complemented by a few calm moments full of thoughtful depth on tracks like “Det Lilla”, or the sorrow on “In Memory”. “Dance” is a thrilling album where the three of them are able to display a multitude of facets. Martin Tingvall (p), Omar Rodriguez Calvo (b) and Jürgen Spiegel (dr) sound more matured and harmonious than ever before on this new release; it’s easy to picture just how much fun they had recording these pieces.
“One of Europe’s leading jazz trios … an elementary listening experience.”
– Financial Times, UK
“The hundred-minute tour de force arrived like musical manna from a benevolent jazz deity. […] There was a palpable spirit of communal energy that made the show seem far more like a shared artistic experience than a commercial exercise, a key factor in what makes a concert exceptional.”
– All About Jazz, US
“They are all about expression and emotion – clearly a new force.”
– Jazzwise, UK
“The loveliest symbiosis of tranquil calm and racing speed.”
– Stern, DE
“Playful yet intelligent and full of power behind it.”
“On this new release [Dance] Martin Tingvall, Omar Rodriguez Calvo and Jürgen Spiegel sound more matured and harmonious than ever before; it’s easy to picture just how much fun they had recorded these pieces.”
– The Wicked Sound, US
“The trio and the expression it has created is life-affirming, virtuoso, fierce and at the same time lyrical.”
– Tor Hammerø, NO